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January 31st, 2022
FMCSA Expedites Under-21 Truck Driver Apprenticeship Program

FMCSA published a Federal Register notice, summarizing public comments made when the agency first considered this program in 2020, and reviewed the program requirements as set out in the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act. Although FMCSA did not seek further public comments in the Jan. 14 notice, it did say the notice constituted the legally required alert of its intention to begin a new program. The actual program start date has not been announced.

January 12th, 2022
Podcast #61: What New Regulations Await Trucking in 2022?

Listen to this latest episode of the “Eyes on the Road” trucking podcast as host Evan Lockridge talks with Warren Hoemann, PrePass consultant and former FMCSA official. They discuss different issues being considered by the agency. These include possible rules about automatic emergency braking, speed limiters, higher mandatory insurance levels, changes in hours of service rules and much more.

Blog, Podcasts
January 3rd, 2022
What’s Ahead for Trucking Regulations in 2022

The year 2022 is an election year. All 435 House seats and one-third of the evenly-divided Senate go up for election in November. During 2022, the actions of Congress, the White House and the regulatory agencies, such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and others, will be driven by and compared to their impact on the November elections. Two issues dominate today’s politics – and today’s trucking — COVID-19 and its variants and the supply chain crisis. And both will factor in heavily when it comes to Uncle Sam creating and refining trucking regulations in 2022.

December 21st, 2021
Looking Back on Trucking During 2021

Every year pundits, commentators – and, yes, even PrePass – play the role of fearless forecaster. Of course, were we all that prescient, we would be rich and famous! Still, signs and indications provide a glimpse of what may lie ahead, and offer a reminder of the importance of planning for eventualities. So, when we look back on the now waning year of 2021, we got some things right and some not quite right. Let’s take a look at 2021 and what did happen in the trucking industry and the world of regulation.

December 13th, 2021
Trucking Things to Know Now, Part 2: Federal Regulatory Updates

Whatever the political headlines of the day, federal agencies continue to add new trucking regulations, adopt new forms and extend or discontinue previous waivers and exemptions. In this series, “Trucking Things to Know Now,” PrePass provides quick updates on regulatory developments, often with links to more information.

December 2nd, 2021
Record Traffic Fatalities, Trucking Issues and Differences

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration recently released a report showing the largest six-month increase ever recorded for traffic fatalities. It estimated 20,160 people died in motor vehicle crashes in the first half of 2021, up 18.4% compared to the first six months of 2020.

November 4th, 2021
Recent CVSA Truck Enforcement Events – Results and Reasons

Few truck operators hope to get pulled over for an inspection. Some motor carriers may not need the attention, but the results of these CVSA activities speak to overall safety conditions on the road – which everyone faces. And those results are worthy of notice. CVSA recently announced the results of three inspection events. Here is what they learned.

October 18th, 2021
The Best Things I’ve Learned About Truck Drivers

My colleagues and I handed out a lot of tickets for violation of “the rules as written.” Those citations hopefully fulfilled the greater purpose of stopping or preventing unsafe behavior by truck drivers and motorists alike. We also witnessed firsthand that truck drivers are actually among the best companions law enforcement could have on the road.

August 5th, 2021
DOT Audit: FMCSA, States Must Improve Oversight of CDL Violations

A new federal audit finds that many state driver licensing agencies are not quickly sharing information about traffic convictions by Commercial Driver’s License holders. Auditors also found that the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration is not properly conducting oversight of state CDL programs, as required by federal law. The Inspector General of the U.S. Department of Transportation conducted the audit between November 2019 and May 2021.

June 24th, 2021
A Different Summer for Truck Driving

The COVID-19 pandemic curtailed personal travel during most of 2020. With the arrival of the “Summer of 2021” all indications show that passenger car travel will return with a vengeance. Motorists will bring more than the kids, dogs and beach blankets with them. Many will also bring dusty safe driving habits from lack of use. Perhaps the crowded road will lessen the temptation to speed. On the other hand, car and truck drivers alike will now need to pay more attention to each other’s presence.

May 13th, 2021
Prepare for Operation Safe Driver 2021: Watch Your Truck’s Speed!

During Operation Safe Driver, law enforcement will watch both cars and trucks for reckless or aggressive driving. They will also look for distracted driving, following too closely, improper lane change, failure to obey traffic control devices, failure to use a seat belt, and evidence of drunk or drugged driving.

April 26th, 2021
Is Your Trucking Fleet Ready for 2021 Roadcheck?

During Roadcheck, expect enforcement to inspect your drivers and your trucks and make sure to prepare them. Many states and provinces will adjust their “pull-in” rate at weigh stations to check as many commercial vehicles as enforcement staffing allows – including those which would normally bypass inspection sites. CVSA gives this advance notice of Roadcheck so you can be prepared. Here is what you need to know.